Kevin-Prince Boateng is arguably the most in-form Ghanaian footballer currently, having managed ten goals for Spanish side Las Palmas.
Pulse Sports takes a retrospective season by season look at the performance of Kevin-Prince Boateng, right from his Hertha Berlin days.
This is the controversial star’s 11th season playing in Europe. He has had stints with six different clubs in all the four major European leagues - Italy, England, Spain and Germany.
He has the enviable record of being the first Ghanaian player to score in the Bundesliga, Serie A, Premier League and La Liga.
Kevin-Prince Boateng began his career as a central midfielder but transitioned into more of a playmaker during his time at AC Milan.
At Hertha Berlin, the German-born Ghanaian played in the Bundesliga for two seasons. KP Boateng in his debut season scored two goals in 27 appearances in all competitions and hit the back of the net thrice in 26 games during his second season (2006-07)
The Ghanaian striker suffered a setback in his career when he moved to the Spurs, as he concentrated more on non-football issues like clubbing and exorbitant spending during his time at White Hart Lane. It took his attention from his core reason for moving to London from Berlin.
In the end, he failed to break into Martin Jol’s team and made just 24 appearances in two seasons without scoring. He was eventually forced out of the club in what he acknowledges as the lowest point of his career.
He was loaned to the Bundesliga giants Dortmund during the January transfer window of the 2008-09 season, managing 11 appearances and failing to find the back of the net. This means that in the space of two consecutive seasons, KP Boateng failed to score a goal in the European top flight (while with Tottenham and Dortmund).
Kevin-Prince Boateng’s career was revived at Portsmouth in the 2009-10 season when they secured his signature from Tottenham. He featured in 27 games, scoring five goals from a central midfield position to attract several offers from big clubs across Europe.
The Italian giants beat other clubs to Kevin-Prince Boateng’s signature in the 2010-11 season. He would spend four seasons with the Rossoneri and enjoy his football career in the Italian capital. He commanded a starting role, initially as a midfielder, before he turned an attacker in the subsequent seasons.
Boateng, was selected for 34 games, scoring three in his maiden season in the Serie A. The second season turned out to be another good one as he scored nine goals in 27 appearances (his career best as at then). It would take five years to beat this record at Las Palmas.
In his third season in Milan, KPB featured in 37 games, but managed just three goals, which meant his numbers in terms of appearances increased but the number of goals scored dropped from the previous season.
His last season with AC Milan saw him feature in only two games, scoring two goals, before he was transferred to Schalke O4 at the time the summer transfer window was still open for players to move.
After six seasons out of his country of birth, KPB returned to Germany for the 2013-14 season, signing with Schalke 04.
He assumed a more attacking role as the arrow-head and registered seven goals in 35 games in his first season in Gelsinkirchen. His second season saw him feature in 25 games, failing to score amidst fitness issues.
After a troubled second season at Schalke, Boateng returned to Serie A, rejoining AC Milan.
He played 14 games and scored a goal during his second stint.
KP Boateng upon the recommendation of his national teammate, Mubarak Wakaso, decided to join Las Palmas in the Spanish la Liga as a free agent for the 2016-17 season.
He hit the ground running on his debut for the Canaries in a 2-4 away victory against Valencia.
He has since scored a total of ten goals in 26 games, which has enabled him beat his personal career best (at AC Milan during the 2011-12 season).
And, with five games remaining in the ongoing La Liga season, who knows how many more goals he has in store?
At the national team level, Kevin-Prince has 15 caps for the Black Stars since 2010 and has scored two goals. His first was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup against round of 16 against USA.
Below is a tabular form of KP Boateng's career in numbers
|Dortmund||2008-09 (January transfer)||11||0|
National team football
Grand Total: Club and country